Bruno Mars Talks Super Bowl Halftime Show, Addresses Critics on ‘Ellen’

Bruno Mars

A week after rocking the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Bruno Mars resurfaced on Monday’s “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where he discussed his historic performance, which became the most-watched halftime show in Super Bowl history with 115.3 million viewers.

“It’s because of performers like Beyoncé and Madonna that the Super Bowl Halftime Show has become this big pop culture thing. I don’t know if I can take all the credit…or can I?” joked Bruno.

When he got the call, he didn’t hesitate to say yes despite his relatively short career. “I’ve only got two albums, so I don’t have like a legacy or anything like that, but tomorrow’s not promised, so I had to go for it,” he said.

Ellen brought up a New York magazine article that criticized Bruno for not being a big enough star for the Super Bowl stage because he wasn’t in the tabloids and didn’t have a fragrance.

“That was by far the most disgusting thing I think I’ve heard,” said Bruno. “I was just thinking about aspiring young musicians who want to do this and even hearing the thought that you need a fragrance or something like that…”

In response to his critics, he delivered an inspiring speech to aspiring musicians, who dream of their big moment. “I promise you, one day you’re gonna have your moment to shine and you’re gonna have a lot of people saying that you can’t do it and you’re not good enough,” said Bruno. “But I promise you, if you go out there and you sing and you put your heart and soul into it, and you follow your dream, one day you’re gonna be sitting next to Ellen DeGeneres.”

He then had Ellen play the triumphant Rocky anthem as he ran through the audience, hugging and kissing women.

Bruno also participated in one of Ellen’s classic hidden camera pranks. She sent a nurse into Bruno’s dressing room for a medical checkup, while she instructed him through an earpiece. Watch the hilarious results below.

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  1. Pilar

    There is literally nothing one can justifiably criticize this young man for. He did a splendid job at the Superbowl, IMO …. one of the best half-time performances I’ve yet to see.


    meme Reply:

    @Pilar, he did a beyond splendid job. Im very proud of him and this is coming from someone who never purchased a Bruno album or a major fan of us music. For someone who hasnt been in the industry as long as a Madona or Beyonce, who did just as good or even better than them.


  2. Jessica

    I’ve read those articles bringing him down before the super bowl performance, they made fun of his looks and star power which is irrelevant to his ability to give a solid performance. See that’s the problem with the music industry right now, too much focus on controversy and shameful antics rather than real raw talent, if you’re in the tabloids then you’re famous and successful which is stupid.


  3. Major Sushi

    Oh my God! THat’s was fucking hilarious!! Especially Bruno- “Rrramon’s” reaction to “swallow” XD


  4. val

    Bruno Mars is the real deal and I’m so happy that Bruno and his band “The Hooligans” killed it at the halftime show on SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! proving the “HATERS’ wrong! This young man talents are God given and his love for his music and performing will be legendary in the years to come! I Cant want to go back to THE MOONSHINE JUNGLE TOUR 2014 this Summer.. I’m a Ride or Die Bruno Mars Supporter and Hooligan and Enjoying the RIDE TO MARS!!!


    fantime Reply:

    @val, ohhh. nice. me too! got my tickets for rd2 MJT!


  5. FierceRobert

    Those haters must be sitting quiet now. Idiots
    Awesome performance and hilarious camera prank


  6. vladica07

    He’s amazing, I love him so much!


  7. RagDoll

    Bruno is not about flash and fancy but puts his heart and soul into EVERY performance he does and graces it beautifully. His showmanship and dance moves and vocals and sincerity and connection with his audience no matter how big or small makes him the kind of “superstar” you wanna see – I think he did an amazing job – for being so young and “fresh” in the business


  8. Lynn Venegas

    Omg. Bruno Mars is amazing . Like Ellen said his songs are hit after hit .i love singing to his songs. He’s super talented, plays lots of instruments . And… His band dances while playing instruments . How fricken cool is that. He isSo so talented . He nailed the SuperBowl from beginning to end . It was Spectacular. Him not having a fragrance is idiotic who gives a s***about that. His music speaks for itself . I can go on and on about how good he is . ManI love him.


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